Ohio Valley 18s National Qualifier Sponsored by Mizuno

2020 Dates: Jan. 31, Feb 1 & 2 - Registration is open in AES.

Below is information about the 2020 tournament.

Playing Schedule:
Friday AM Wave (8 am): Open and American Divisions
Friday PM wave (2:30 PM): USA Division

All matches will take place in Hall C which is at the North end of the Convention Center.

We do not charge admission.

College Coaches Attending

The Ohio Valley Region is proud to host a USA Volleyball 18s National Qualifier. The Qualifier will take place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, January 31 through Sunday, February 2, 2020. This Qualifier is hosting the 18 Open, 18 USA and 18 American Divisions.

Hotel Reservation Information

The Hilton across the street from the convention center still has rooms available.

Real Time Parking Lot Information

Pre-Pay GCCC Parking to guarantee a parking spot.
When purchasing in advance, you can guarantee that you will have
a parking spot and arrive on time because you are not driving
around in circles trying to find a parking spot if all our parking
facilities were to get full.

Nearby Restaurants:

Buca di Beppo
North Market

Subway and Velvet Café Offer: Pre-order your meals with Subway or the Velvet Café to avoid waiting in long lines between games and give your team a competitive advantage.

Pre-order Subway meals at: Subway_Meal_Deals

Pre-order Velvet Cafe meals at: Velvet_Meal_Deals

Team check-in will be open online and in person from 6 pm to 9 pm on Thursday, Jan. 30th at the Championship Desk outside of Hall C/D of the GCCC. Check-in will also be available starting at 7 am on Friday, January 31st, up until you play your first match. The OVQ staff will print rosters from AES or you can bring your most current with you.

During the check in process, the coach, team rep, or club director must sign the team's roster, verifying that all the information contained on the roster is both complete and correct, and that all coaches for the team are Impact or CAP certified as well as background screened and SafeSport certified. The person signing for the team is responsible for verifying that everything is correct and true on the roster. Teams are advised that any penalties for incorrect information will be assessed regardless of who signed the roster.

The Ohio Valley Region will also be hosting a Boys WinterFest Tournament for 18s through 12s this Saturday and Sunday on courts 10 through 28 in the same exhibit hall.

We are in need of someone(s) to sing the National Anthem each morning at 7:45 am. If you know of a person, please have them email me at: Herbert@ovr.org. Include their name, club & team and which morning their would like to sing.

Awards: There will be individual awards to champions and second place and both third place teams in each Gold division only.

Rules & Regulations: USAV playing rules for the 2019-2021 season will be in effect. Most matches will be best two out of 3 sets. Some alternate match formats may be used to accommodate for smaller divisions or for 3 or 5 team pools, if necessary.

Officiating: All competing teams will be assigned to officiate in the tournament. Teams MUST provide certified referees and scorekeepers. In addition, teams MUST provide the 2nd referee, scoreboard operator and 2 lines-persons (players or registered adults on the team's roster may assist). A rostered adult must be the R2.

Failure to fulfill officiating assignments will result in the loss of 1 point per minute in their next match.

All protests will be resolved by the protest committee as selected by the Head Officials.

Sanction: The tournament is hosted and sanctioned by the Ohio Valley Region - USA Volleyball. All teams and players must be registered with USAV. Team and player registration numbers MUST appear on the Entry Form or the entry will be rejected. Teams using illegal players will forfeit all matches and be disqualified from the tournament and the case turned over to the appropriate Regional Commissioner for further action.

Tournament Ball: This event will use the Molten Super Touch ball for all competition.

Medical services will be available in the First Aid room on the north side of the exhibit hall.

The OVQ has been allocated the following bids:
18 Open < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 11 teams - 1 bid; 12 to 15 teams - 2 bids; 16 - 48 teams - 3 bids
18 USA < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 15 teams - 1 bid; 16 to 23 teams - 2 bids; 24 - 128 teams - 3 bids
18 American < 8 teams - 0 bids; 8 or more teams - 1 bid

The USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championships will be held in Reno, NV on May 1-3, 2020.

Teams who win a bid will have to come to the Championship Desk to sign their bid acceptance before they leave the facility.

Here is a link to the 2020 USAV 18s Qualifier Manual. Please refer to it for tie-breaker scenarios.

For all divisions, tie-breaking sets may be played if advancement to the Gold bracket is affected. Be aware that any tiebreakers will be played immediately following the completion of pool play. If your team may end up in a 3-way tie, make sure to stay in the facilities until you know for sure that there is not need for a tie-breaker playoff.

The State of Ohio has a law that requires all adults working with minors at sporting events be trained in concussion protocols. We recommend the NFHS course.

Chairs will be provided for spectators.

We will have warm-up balls available at Championship Desk.

The last match on Sunday, February 2nd cannot be scheduled to start any later than 3 pm.

Tournament Director:
Al Herbert

Head Referee:
Brian Hemelgarn


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